Leicester’s post-Pearson, post-Cambiasso Era starts at Lincoln

Lincoln City 1:3 Leicester City

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On the day that Esteban Cambiasso announced that he would not be returning to Leicester, new boss Claudio Ranieri’s reign kicked off with 3-1 win against Lincoln at Sincil Bank.

New signings Chrstian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki played in the first half of a game which saw City trailing to a Power penalty.
Mahrez equalised before the break, and after a full XI change round, late goals from Kramaric and Vardy made it 3-1.

Earlier in the evening Cambiasso made the following announcement on his Facebook page:

“I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City.
I have taken this decision only 24 hours after receiving the proposal from Leicester because I want to give the club as much time as possible to find an alternative.
I would like to thanks all the fans who last season made me feel proud to be part of a club with an unforgettable spirit and energy.
And a very special thanks to all my team mates, staff and every people of the club, with whom I have lived one of the most important years of my career, crowned with the remaining EPL status.”

Viewed as one of City’s greatest ever players after just one season with the club, he will be a very hard act to follow.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Claudio Ranieri is Appointed Leicester City Manager

Late this afternoon Leicester City announced that Claudio Ranieri had been appointed to the vacant manager’s position thus ending several weeks of speculation which featured some unlikely and, at times, frightening names on the bookies’ short list. 

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63 year-old Ranieri has signed a 3 year contract which will bring to an end the media free-for-all that always goes hand-in-hand with any Premier League managerial vacancy. Ranieri has managed in England previously with Chelsea where he earned the nickname ‘Tinkerman’ and was a casualty following the arrival of Roman Abramovich despite taking them in to the Champions League in 2004. Since his time at Chelsea he has managed Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, Monaco and even the Greek national side.

His arrival will hopefully create some stability at the club and encourage Esteban Cambiasso to sign a new contract. Our first chance to see the new manager in charge of the side will come at Lincoln City on 21st July

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Leicester sacking: Thai Scandal was “the final straw”…

The BBC are reporting that Nigel Pearson’s sacking yesterday was linked to the ‘Thai Racist orgy’ scandal that involved his son James…

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BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy has claimed that the sacking was “definitely not a football issue”.
“There is no doubt that the image and the reputation of the club in their homeland of Thailand has been damaged by the behaviour of, among others, the manager’s son James on the ‘goodwill’ tour to Thailand.”
But Murphy, who clashed with Pearson after Ostrich-Gate also added: “But fundamentally, should the sins of the son be visited on the father? In footballing terms this is very harsh on Pearson.”

There are rumours that Pearson senior thought that his son’s actions were not as bad as those of Tom Hopper and Adam Smith and that the three cases should have been dealt with separately, rather than sacking them all.
After several controversies surrounding Pearson this season it seems as though the owners had lost patience, despite the late rally that saved City’s Premier League place.

This leaves Leicester looking for a new manager as the squad returns to pre-season training… hardly an ideal position to be in and we can only hope they have a very good replacement lined up and ready to come in.

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Nigel Pearson parts company with Leicester City

In a shock announcement this evening the club have issued the following statement… 

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“The Board of Directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge of the Club, particularly during the last three and a half years. However, it has become clear to the Club that fundamental differences in perspective exist between us. Regrettably, the Club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.”

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The Huth – You Can’t Handle the Huth

Good news from the KPS this evening – Leicester City have secured last season’s loan signing Robert Huth on a permanent three year deal…

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The big German central-defender played a huge role in City’s turn-around in fortunes towards the end of last season as the club pulled off an unprecedented escape from a seemingly hopeless bottom place in the Premier League.
He was a solid presence in the heart of the defence after his arrival in January, and his domination in the air cut off the supply line of balls into the penalty area that had previously been so damaging to City



City fans will be delighted at this signing – and now all eyes will be on Esteban Cambiasso in the hope that he will follow suit…

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Good start but tough end for Leicester City in 2015-16

The 2015-16 Premier League fixtures have been released…

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

City have a relatively smooth re-entry into Premier League business in August kicking off with Sunderland at home, followed by West Ham away, Spurs at home and then Bouremouth away on the Bank Holiday weekend, a fixture which should ensure a stampede for the limited number of tickets.
City will need some points on the board before a tough looking December when there are trips to Swansea, Everton and Liverpool (on Boxing Day) with City entertaining Chelsea and Manchester City at the KPS.
The end of the season also looks tough, with the last two away trips being Manchester United and Chelsea….

Full list HERE.

Read it before SKY and BT tear it to shreads.

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The Rise and Rise of Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy became the first Leicester City player to pull on an England shirt for over ten years in Dublin last week…

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Rejected by Sheffield Wednesday at 16, Stocksbridge Park Steels, FC Halifax, Fleetwood Town, Leicester City in the Championship, and then the Premier League, England….
It is the sort of dizzying rise that might be rejected by the scriptwriters at Roy of the Rovers for being a little too fantastic.
After breaking the transfer record for a non-league player when he moved from Fleetwood to Leicester Vardy had a patchy time with City. Although he got goals early on in the 2012-13 season he later suffered a crisis of confidence which led to him questioning his own talents and considering quitting the game.
But he bounced back to make a huge impact on City’s Championship title-winning season, scoring 16 goals.

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Although Vardy got off to a decent start in the Premier League, and scored and generally terrorised Manchester United’s defence in the famous 5-3 win, he then went on a long goalless streak that co-incided with City’s terrible autumn and winter.
But, once again, he bounced back and hit a run of form that played a big part in City’s miraculous Great Escape.
He scored at Tottenham, and struck the vital winners at West Brom and Burnley before eventually finding the net at the King Power Stadium again in the last day 5-1 win against QPR.
His 2014-15 season wasn’t over, however, as he replaced Wayne Rooney with fifteen minutes of the game against Dublin remaining, and made a good account of himself in a game almost without incident.
He was the first City player to appear in an England shirt since Ian Walker in 2004.
Hopefully he will continue to move onwards and upwards for Leicester and England next season…

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